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Ranking the 27 #1 Billboard Hits of 1973 . From best to worst.

  1. “Superstition”- Stevie Wonder
  2. “Midnight Train To Georgia”- Gladys Knight and The Pips
  3. “Let’s Get It On”- Marvin Gaye
  4. “Photograph”- Ringo Starr
  5. “You’re So Vain”- Carly Simon
  6. “Give Me Love {Give Me Peace On Earth}- George Harrison
  7. “You Are The Sunshine Of My Life”-Stevie Wonder
  8. “Love Train”- The O’Jays
  9. “Will It Go Round In Circles’- Billy Preston
  10. “Time In A Bottle” -Jim Croce
  11. “Brother Louie”- The Stories
  12. “We’re An American Band”- Grand Funk
  13. “Angie”- The Rolling Stones
  14. “Killing Me Softly With His Song”- Roberta Flack
  15. “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown”- Jim Croce
  16. “Frankenstein”- The Edgar Winter Band
  17. “Half-Breed”- Cher
  18. “Keep On Truckin’-Eddie Kendricks
  19. “The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia”- Vicki Lawrence
  20. “Delta Dawn”- Helen Reddy
  21. “The Most Beautiful Girl”- Charlie Rich
  22. “Top Of The World”- The Carpenters
  23. “Crocodile Rock”- Elton John
  24. “My Love”- Paul McCartney and Wings
  25. “Touch Me In The Morning”- Diana Ross
  26. “Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Tree”- Tony Orlando and Dawn
  27. “The Morning After”- Maureen McGovern

9 responses to “RANKING THE 27 #1 BILLBOARD HITS OF 1973

  1. You and I share the same top 3, and those were also the only 1973 #1’s that Tom Breihan at Stereogum gave a 10/10, so I think they are pretty universally acknowledged to be the best #1’s of 1973.

    My personal list would be:
    1. Let’s Get It On
    2. Midnight Train to Georgia
    3. Superstition
    4. Time in a Bottle
    5. Bad, Bad Leroy Brown
    6. The Most Beautiful Girl
    7. You Are the Sunshine of My Life
    8. Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth)
    9. Crocodile Rock
    10. Love Train
    11. Killing Me Softly with His Song
    12. Photograph
    13. You’re So Vain
    14. Angie
    15. Top of the World
    16. Frankenstein
    17. Will It Go Round in Circles
    18. Keep on Truckin’
    19. We’re an American Band
    20. Touch Me in the Morning
    21. Brother Louie
    22. The Morning After
    23. Delta Dawn
    24. The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia
    25. My Love
    26. Half-Breed
    27. Tie a Yellow Ribbon

    A fantastic year for #1’s. I personally think only 1978 tops it among 70s years, though my love for 1978 might have a lot to do with my fondness for the disco-era Gibb brothers.

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